European Commission confirms inspections to verify the enforcement of the driftnet ban in Italy
The Commission has conducted inspections in Italy on 17-21 May 2010, 14-18 June 2010, 4-8 April 2011 and 9-13 May 2011.
The use of driftnets larger than 2,5 Km is prohibited in the EU since June 1992. Moreover, since 2002 all driftnets, no matter their size, are prohibited when intended for the capture of particular species, including bluefin tuna and swordfish.
The findings of the mission are currently being cross-checked with the information provided by the Italian authorities.
The EU Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki had on various occasions made clear that we have to get serious all over the EU about implementation and compliance if we want to achieve a sustainable, modern and future oriented fisheries policy.